Chief People and Culture Officer Adria Alpert Romm to retire at the end of June
WPP’s Global Chief People Officer Jennifer Remling named as Alpert Romm’s successor
Warner Bros. Discovery today announced that Chief People and Culture Officer, and longtime partner and trusted advisor to CEO David Zaslav, Adria Alpert Romm will step down at the end of June and will be succeeded by WPP’s Global Chief People Officer Jennifer Remling, who will join the company in January and will report to Zaslav.
After more than four decades serving in key human resources roles at NBCUniversal, Discovery, and Warner Bros. Discovery, Alpert Romm has announced that she plans to retire at the end of June.
“I have been incredibly fortunate to have Adria by my side for more than 30 years as one of my closest advisors,” said David Zaslav, chief executive officer, Warner Bros. Discovery. “A strong people culture is critical to any successful company and Adria has fought every day to put employees first, and, through her years of stellar leadership and innovation, she has ensured that our company has always been the gold standard in talent acquisition as well as employee development and wellness – she is the absolute best in the business.”
Zaslav continued: “While Jennifer has big shoes to fill, she is exceptionally talented and highly respected in her own right, having led large-scale HR teams in support of complex global organizations with tens of thousands of employees. The lasting impact she’s made at WPP underscores her strong support of employee development and DEI initiatives as well as her clear commitment to creating a positive and nurturing workplace environment. We couldn’t be more excited to have her join our leadership team.”
Among her many accomplishments, Alpert Romm played a key role in building Discovery from a handful of domestic cable networks into a global media juggernaut, including the acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive in 2018 and culminating in the acquisition and integration of AT&T’s WarnerMedia in 2022. While at Discovery and most recently at WBD, Alpert Romm implemented several employee development and wellness initiatives, including the establishment and expansion of industry-leading wellness centers and on-site daycare facilities globally, which have reinforced the company’s reputation as a best place to work as measured by Fortune, Working Mother Magazine, and others. Alpert Romm has been an active champion of DEI development programs and has served for many years on the board of directors for the Emma Bowen Foundation and continues to support global mentoring and internship programs designed to build a more robust and diverse talent pipeline. She has also been a passionate supporter of company community outreach programs, including her signature TLC’s Say Yes to the Prom initiative, which Alpert Romm created as a single employee giveback event in 2012 and has since grown into a nationwide tour benefiting thousands of deserving high school students across the country annually.
Remling brings over 20 years of human resources, talent acquisition and development experience, most recently as Global Chief People Officer for WPP, the largest marketing services company in the world with 115,000 employees across more than 100 countries. Prior to that Remling held the same role at GroupM, WPP’s media investment group, and before that was Global Chief Talent Officer at Essence, whose workforce grew by 40% during her tenure as it opened 18 new offices worldwide. Prior to Essence, Remling spent nearly four years as the Global SVP of Talent at R/GA, having also held senior roles at WPP’s AKQA as well as 360i and Sapient.